Berger: Budget moving, but not benefits

Posted May 10, 2011

Senate budget writers aim to finish work on their spending plan by Memorial Day.

That was the word this morning from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. He said the Senate will post the proposal for public review over the holiday weekend, and then vote on it the following week.

Berger expects the Senate’s budget “will be somewhat lower than the House numbers. We will go back to the original targets.”

How much lower? “Not a significant amount,” he said, “but some reduction.”

Berger also said the GOP caucus has no plans for new legislation to change a legal formula that would allow federal extended benefits to resume for more than 37,000 jobless North Carolinians.

“That’s a difficult issue,” Berger admitted when pressed on the matter. He said he hopes the governor will “modify her position.”

“What has the governor done, other than say ‘Do it my way’?” Berger asked. “I’d like to hear back from her as to what she would consider a compromise.”

Perdue press secretary Chris Mackey sent the following response via e-mail: Senate leader holds weekly press conference Berger: Budget moving, but not benefits

“The Governor has been clear, and this issue is not complicated. The Governor supports extended unemployment benefits. The legislature claims to support extended unemployment benefits."

“When the legislature sends a clean bill that extends unemployment benefits to her desk, she will sign it. No further discussion should be necessary.”

Watch Berger's unedited press conference at right.


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  • dlphnwmn8 May 16, 2011

    Day 30 and still waiting on passing HB 676.

  • happierlife05 May 15, 2011

    It's as if so what? No one cares what happens to anyone else as long as their own bread basket is full. What happened to our NC government? I am one of the 37,000 unemployed with a child depending on me to provide for her. How can NC really be productive when it has so many people in need that they won't help just because our "leaders" are in a tug of war. We need food on our tables,gas in our gas tanks to even search for and/or get to job interviews, money to try to pay just the basic living bills, even down to being able to purchase just personal hygiene products. It's a trickle down effect; no income and even the simplest things in life seems unreachable. We need help now! Please restore our Unemployment benefits!We cannot force anyone to hire us especially when you apply for a job that 400 or more people apply for that same position. Even though it is not spoken; age is a strong factor, competing against new college graduates and whether or not you know someone at the company

  • dlphnwmn8 May 12, 2011

    Unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family - - #ncga #ncpol
    Congratualtions Tillis, you've devasted yet another family.

  • stanmak May 12, 2011

    if we get rid of bev NC will be fine. what a leader she is yahaaaaaaa

  • 1 awesome Dad May 12, 2011

    How many more days are we going to be held captive by our legislatures. How many more elections will we go through before we can find the leaders our state needs???

  • michaelacfp1 May 11, 2011

    Inquiring minds want to know why the House was so willing NOT to fund the MATCH for the State Reveolving Fund (Clean Water Program?) The Feds supply 80 % funding if the State of NC provides a 20% Match - in this case, the State is not providing the Match for the Clean Water Program... What is even more interesting is that the State is Funding the 20 % Match for the Drinking Water SRF.. Does the legislature realize how stupid it is - to leave the the 26 million dollars which it could be receiving on the table? How many other States are not providing a match for their annual cap grant? Probobly none! Wake up, legislature.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 11, 2011

    Hey Phil Berger my son needs some more paper and pencils school would you happen to have some extra in your desk that you could spare by chance.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 11, 2011

    Thank you Republicans for you profound leadership. I never thought I'd vote Democrat but I guess there is a first time for everything. Obama's approval ratings are 60% so if Bev can get her ratings up hopefully we can get the progress coming.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 11, 2011

    Hey Phil Berger how about loaning me some grocery money my children are getting tired of eating one meal a day.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 11, 2011

    Hey Phil Berger how about loaning me some gas money so I can go to two job interviews today??